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Life & Work with Marian Tiloo of Peoria

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marian Tiloo.

Hi Marian, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Hello, my name is Marian Tiloo, owner of Marian Tiloo Photography. I started taking photos with a little red digital camera back in 2008 (still have it!). I snapped a picture of everything in sight, but it wasn’t until last year, in 2021, that I decided to share my work with the world. I got a camera, made social media pages, and have been working on building my portfolio ever since. As time passed, I started getting family/friends to help build my portfolio, which I am grateful for. Now, I am booking clients and am working on getting my website started (yay!). I have realized the more I take photography, the more I love working with my clients and seeing new places, so I have found my passion – even if it’s 14 years later.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
With the start of any business, I don’t think “smooth” is the word I would use (haha). Photography is difficult because it takes a long time to build a portfolio and get your stuff out there, plus you have to find people with the time to do so. I have found social media & word-of-mouth is the best way to succeed in this industry. I think the biggest thing for me was, ultimately, taking the risk of creating this business with the understanding that not being successful is always on the back of your mind. Although this is on the back of ever business owner’s mind, I am SO grateful for the opportunities and support I have received!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
One of my favorite things about photography is capturing those candid moments, in any setting. In the blink of an eye, there may be a moment I caught that leaves me in “awe”. I enjoy taking posed photos because that’s what my clients like sometimes for a family portrait or a senior session, but those candid moments are my absolute favorite! I (also) love landscape photography where, for example, you get the start and end of a sunset and then get to see how your photos progress. Those are the kinds of things that make my heart happy & make me love being a photographer even more!

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check?
One of the biggest inspirations for me, with photography, is social media. I’ve always followed photography pages and people that take stunning pictures. I always felt that I had that “different perspective” which gave me that creative edge. I would say music is the number 1 source that helps me in life. I could listen to music all day, every day & that would never stop. I used to dance (back in my day) so music really gets me to feel those moments. I listen while I edit pics, work, study, and everything in between. Going back to photography, one thing I love now (& motivates me) is when my friends take pictures of anything; they love sending their photos to me! That makes me so happy that they share the love of photography now that they see how much I truly love what I do.

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